If you made a list of players in the National Football League who are playing for their contracts in 2012, Michael Vick would top that list.
The Philadelphia Eagles inked the playmaking quarterback to a six-year, $100 million contract extension following his highly successful 2010 season, but Vick regressed badly in 2011, stumbling through a schedule in which he was oft-injured, inconsistent, highly erratic and not much more than an average NFL quarterback.
Vick can be released following next season at no cap penalty, and considering he’s set to earn a $12.5 base salary in 2012, plus a $1.4 million bonus that will constitute $13.9 against the cap, it’s hard to imagine the Eagles paying those figures for a quarterback who will be 33 years old at the time.
In 2013, those figures include a $3 million miscellaneous bonus that counts as $16.9 million overall against the cap.
That means Vick has this offseason to get in the best shape of his life, improve his accuracy and lead the Eagles to an 11-or 12-win season—or else he may be out of a job in Philly.
This is his first full offseason in which he’s entering camp as the starting quarterback in Philly, and he has all the weapons surrounding him—DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Brent Celek—to succeed.